Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Photo courtesy of Shannon Brinkman.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Brinkman.

Did you celebrate Mardi Gras this week? Because the Chinch did! Eventers everywhere do a great job of keeping an eye out for our wiley critter in every day life, and we are delighted to say that Shannon Brinkman caught him celebrating Mardi Gras like a wild animal! Chinch is always the life of the party, and always in search of the party, to be honest with you. He knows what’s up.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Results]

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top Intermediate H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News from Around the Globe:

The Great Meadow International presented by Adequan has extended invitations world wide for nations to compete at Great Meadow this July when it hosts the first FEI Eventing Nations’ Cup™ ever held outside Europe. Top riders will bring world-class horses and showcase their hard work and preparation at the picturesque Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, July 9-10. The event will be the final outing for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team prior to the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Great Meadow International]
In news thats only shocking to non horse people, we now have scientific proof that horses can read human emotions. Researchers at University of Sussex have confirmed that horses are able to read human facial expressions, and distinguish between happiness and anger. The horses showed increased heart rate and stress responses when shown pictures of humans with angry faces, which makes this the first study of animal heart rates in relation to human expressions. I feel like this is a “duh” moment, but good on ya, science. [Horses Can Read Human Emotions]
Nothing hits you right in the feels like a great ad with horses. I mean, why else would we watch the Super Bowl if it wasn’t for the ads with the Clydesdales? Horse & Hound knows what we like, and they know how to give it to us. [7 Horsey Ads You’ll Want To Watch Again And Again]
Didn’t win that last horse farm that was up for grabs for a spectacular essay? You get a second chance! Virginia farm Newstead on the James is available for winning should you feel inclined to write a 200 word essay on why you’d really like to own the farm. Submit your essay with $233, and the winner gets the farm and $100,000 to get going. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. [Win A Virginia Horse Farm Via Essay Contest, Again]
At this point in my life, my winter layering game is seriously on point for surviving the cold months outside. One of the keys to my success (other than wearing an absurd amount of sweaters on vests on jackets and looking like the Michelin Man) is definitely these Under Armour ColdGear Leggings. Riding pants are great and all, but frozen thighs while doing trot sets are definitely overrated. These leggings are so lightweight, you can easily cram your tight pants over them, and feel toasty all day long. [SmartPak Product of the Day]
YO! Sideways fancy prance, ya heard!

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